Pavel Wlosok, a Czech born American pianist, award winning composer, arranger and educator, received his classical education in piano performance and composition at the Conservatory of Music in Ostrava and Janacek Academy in Bmo, and he obtained his bachelor and master degrees in jazz studies at the University of North Texas in Denton. Since August 2002, he has been assistant, associate, and full professor in jazz, commercial and electronic music at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.
While at UNT he served as pianist-arranger for the One O’clock Lab Band for five semesters and as solo pianist for the UNT Wind Symphony and toured Europe and North America. In June 2007, WCU’s Smoky Mountain Brass Quintet performed Wlosok’s original commissioned piece “Five Miniatures for Brass Quintet” at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Since 1999, along with his wife, Andrea Wlosokova Adamcova (now full time mother of three), he has performed in a series of solo piano concerts titled Classical Meets Jazz.
While Pavel’s favorite vehicle for improvisation is jazz piano trio and/or quartet respectively, he is also fond of performing solo jazz piano where in his performances he not only presents his original compositions but also works of his favorite composers such as Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, McCoy Tyner, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea.
Pavel’s original compositions have been performed in the Americas, Europe and Japan, and he has been a frequent lecturer at international summer jazz camps in Prague, Czech Republic (since 1999) and in Bratislava, Slovakia (since 2008). He is the 2000 International Association of Jazz Educators (IAJE) Gil Evans Fellowship recipient and has performed with jazz greats Jeff Ballard, Bob Berg, Paul Bollenback, Randy Brecker, Vince DiMartino, Dennis Dotson, John Ellis, Jon Faddis, Joel Frahm, Danny Gottlieb, Wycliffe Gordon, Tim Hagans, Louis Hayes, Conrad Herwig, Denis Irwin, Ingrid Jensen, Victor Lewis, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Rick Margitza, Jason Marsalis, Donny McCaslin, Dave Pietro, Paquito DeRivera, Rufus Reid, John Riley, Gary Smulyan, Ed Soph, Harry Sokal, Byron Stripling, Bobby Watson and Kenny Wheeler.
In 2006, Pavel Wlosok was awarded the James Dooley Excellence in Teaching Award, and in 2008 he was a finalist for the College of Fine and Performing Arts Teaching Award, both at WCU. His most famous piano student must be Norah Jones, who studied with Pavel while they both attended UNT in Denton.
Pavel’s long-awaited trio Jazz CD release with John Riley (drums) and Mike McGuirk (bass) recorded live at the Grey Eagle music hall in Asheville was released in summer 2012 in Prague, Czech Republic. His jazz quartet album "Czechmate" featuring Joel Frahm (on tenor sax) (2013) and "Alternate Reality" featuring Grammy-Award nominee Donny McCaslin (2014) were also released on the European label of New Port Line. Pavel's latest Latin music oriented release of "Smile Baby Smile" features masterful playing by NYC based guitarist Paul Bollenback.
Pavel has two more pending projects to be released in 2017/18 (one solo piano album entitled "Respectfully Yours" and one quartet album featuring former Miles Davis' saxophonist Rick Margitza), so stay tuned for more of his music coming your way!
For more info, feel free to visit his website at www.pavelwlosok.com or his facebook profile at www.facebook.com/pavelwlosok.